Race & Climate Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights has launched a new practice area focused on climate resilience and environmental justice in low-income communities of color and immigrant communities.
With each passing year, the impact of climate change on low-income communities of color and immigrant communities becomes more harmful and dramatic. How we address that impact is one of the most pressing civil rights challenges we face today. As leaders on the front lines of justice, we must not only address the disproportionate impact of climate change on low-income communities of color and immigrant communities, but invest in creative and courageous actions in climate resilience planning, decision-making, policy-making, and legal action that include directly-impacted individuals.
While Massachusetts has existing infrastructure for environmental justice work, many of the organizations driving this work tend to focus on environmental issues rather than on the particular communities most affected. Low-income communities of color and immigrant communities are significantly underrepresented in decision-making, planning, and advocacy. Yet these communities are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, heightened proximity to environmental hazards, and a shrinking safety net to protect from extreme climate events and the adverse health impacts of pollution.
Our Race and Climate Justice Project will integrate the voices of low-income people of color and immigrants into climate change discussions, and ensure that solutions reflect the perspectives and needs of our communities.
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News and Resources
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Oct 31, 22LCR’s Civil Rights Summit
Oct 25, 22Fact-Finding Mission Examines Conditions in Central America
Oct 21, 22Retracing Perla’s Steps in Texas and the Border
Oct 13, 22Inhumane Venezuelan Policy
Oct 03, 22“Perla” Unmasked: Martha’s Vineyard Class Action Statement
Sep 29, 22Martha’s Vineyard Migrants: Plane Companies Warned Not To Destroy Evidence
Sep 27, 22Launching the Lauren Sampson Fellowship
Sep 20, 22Immigrants File Federal Class Action Against Florida’s Governor
Sep 17, 22Legal First Responders for Migrants in Martha’s Vineyard
Aug 30, 22Response to Orange Line Shutdown
Aug 24, 22Illegal and Discriminatory Orange Line Closure
Aug 09, 22Defending Diversity in Higher Education in the Supreme Court
Aug 03, 22Federal Suit Against Police for Racially Profiling Black Man in Arlington, MA
Jul 15, 22LCR’s Legal Warriors at Lav Law
Jul 12, 22State Law Inhibits Municipal Supplier Diversity
Jul 07, 22Race/Gender Gaps in Boston’s Municipal Workforce
Jul 01, 22Condemning Lax Sentencing in East Boston Hate Crime